P1.8 billion worth of 'shabu' seized at Manila port

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2019 09:57 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2019 04:43 AM

Around 276 kilos of suspected shabu were wrapped in tea packaging, PDEA said. Dexter Ganibe, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (4th UPDATE) - Some P1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs were seized at the Manila International Container Port on Friday.

The shipment containing 276 kilos of suspected shabu, wrapped in tea packaging, came from Vietnam, according to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director Aaron Aquino.

Vietnamese authorities informed Philippine officials of the contraband after a similar shipment with 300 kilos of illegal drugs was seized in Ho Chi Minh City last Wednesday.

The drugs were found inside a 40-foot container declared as plastic resin, according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

The consignee of the shipment, which arrived last Sunday at the Manila North Harbor, was identified as Wealth Lotus Empire Corp., PDEA said in a statement.

Aquino said the "Golden Triangle" drug syndicate is behind the illegal shipment.

Customs will file charges against the consignee and the customs broker who processed the shipment.

“The BOC will immediately revoke the customs accreditation of the involved consignee and customs broker, and appropriate charges will be filed against them,” Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said.

He added, "I have ordered all district collectors to alert and examine all other similar items to ensure that our border is safe from the possible entry of illegal drugs." -- Report from Dexter Ganibe, ABS-CBN News